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Get out of town with a culinary adventure, a scenic drive, or one very unusual form of skydiving—here are 30 day trips all within 90 minutes or less from Seattle. Plus: After the once great quarterback from WSU crashed and burned in the NFL, Ryan Leaf is ready to talk; CEO Neil Fiske is trying to lead classic brand Eddie Bauer back to the mountaintop; and global fashion looks right at home with rugged materials and regional designers in our Fall fashion spread.

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Fall Fashion 2011: The New West

In our fall fashion slideshow, global style looks right at home with rugged materials and regional designers.

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The Strangest Tribe: How a Group of Seattle Rock Bands Invented Grunge

In an exclusive excerpt from Stephen Tow’s Seattle music history The Strangest Tribe, the author shows how the U-Men bridged the path from punk to grunge.

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Pumpkin Beer: A Seattle Seasonal Tradition

Elysian Brewing Company’s Great Pumpkin Beer Festival inspires brewers to become one with the gourd.

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Ba Bar’s Love Song to Saigon Street Food

Surprise, surprise: At Ba Bar, the Monsoon folks bring traditional Vietnamese fare to Capitol Hill.

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30 Perfect Day Trips

Get out of town with a culinary adventure at Cama Beach State Park, a scenic drive along the shores of Lake Cle Elum, one very unusual form of skydiving at iFly Seattle, or 26 more getaways within 90 minutes or less of Seattle.

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Beacon Ave’s New Food Destinations

Bar del Corso, Travelers Thali House and Tea Lounge, and Inay’s Asian Pacific Cuisine signal a culinary flowering on Beacon Hill.

A Grunge Guru’s Reading List

Seattle music writer Gillian Gaar sizes up a bookshelf’s worth of grunge histories: Nirvana: The Biography by Everett True, Justin Henderson’s Grunge Seattle, Charles R. Cross’s biography of Kurt Cobain, and more.

10 Little-Known Seattle Records You Should Listen To

More from Stephen Tow’s The Strangest Tribe: 10 little-known Seattle records you should listen to, including Failure by the Posies, The U-Men’s Solid Action, and more.

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Seattle Wonder Women Launch GeekGirlCon

Seattle comics lovers and fantasy fans unite for the first-ever GeekGirlCon.

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NPR: No Pledge Required

I pledge to NPR, therefore I don’t feel so guilty.

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A Mask for Every Occasion

Examine eight colorful Carnival traditions from around the world at a new exhibit at the Burke Museum.

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Afghanistan War Vet Lends a Hand to Fellow Soldiers

Afghanistan war vet Sam Barrett, cofounder of Brothers Reconnecting in Growth and Healing Trauma (BRIGHT), lends a hand to fellow soldiers.

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Faithbook

Colin Wong’s online Bible (ebible.com) is a passion project.

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Hot Colors Heat Up the Home

An Alessi Cronotime desk clock and Herman Miller Eames armchair at Velocity Art and Design, a trio of vases from NuBe Green, a Tom Dixon Fluoro light at Inform Interiors—hot new colors and hearth-warming hues brighten home design.

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The Perfect Party

This month’s party guests: James Keeffe Jr., Andrew Russell, Frances Bean Cobain, John McEnroe, Heather Purser, and Jeff Bezos.

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Seattle City Council Incumbents Defend Their Seats

The 2011 fight for the Seattle City Council is all about dethroning the incumbents: Jean Godden, Tom Rasmussen, Tim Burgess, Bruce Harrell, and Sally Clark.

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Dispatches from Seattlemet.com

The best of Seattlemet.com blogs: Sauced, Nosh Pit, and Culture Fiend.

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A Note from the Editor

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Letters to Seattle Met

Trendy but spendy Washington wines, parking hassles in Pioneer Square, and childhood memories of Olympic National Park.

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The Green Identity

Market researches love to tell us what we are. And, say the demographic diviners at Manhattan-based Scarborough Research, Seattleites are—ready for this?—Super Greenies, according to a new study titled “All About the Super Greenies."

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The Trouble with Transit

By the numbers: King 
County Metro budget 
shortfalls, cuts to service, and fare hikes.

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Seattle World’s Fair, a Look Back

In The Future Remembered: The 1962 Seattle World’s Fair and Its Legacy, Paula Becker, Alan J. Stein, and their fellow historylink.org staffers rewind the clock to a time when Seattle meant little more than airplanes and lumber to the rest of the world.

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Turn the Viaduct into a Park

A suggestion from park supporters: Salvage part of the Alaskan Way Viaduct and convert it into public green space, a la New York City’s High Line.

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The Bootlegger’s Right-Hand Man

Ken Burns and Lynn Novick’s upcoming PBS documentary Prohibition turns the lens on a Kirklander whose rum-running father never forgot his strangely scrupulous boss.

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Microsoft’s Game Face

Xin Tong of Microsoft Research Asia says he and his team have nearly perfected 3D expressions.

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The Redemption of Ryan Leaf Will Be Televised

Once upon a time Washington State University football phenom Ryan Leaf had the world at his feet. But after flaming out of the NFL, he hid from his family, his friends, his alma mater—and especially the media. Now, after a very public addiction to prescri

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Putting the Eddie Back in Eddie Bauer

For 50 years, Eddie Bauer was the outfitter of choice for the world’s most seasoned outdoor lovers. Now, CEO Neil Fiske is trying to lead the classic brand back to the mountaintop.

Apple for the Teacher

Seattle Public Schools launch iPad, iPod program.

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Carve a Jack-O’-Lantern

Whittle the perfect jack-o’-lantern with these tips from mechanical designer Russ Leno.

The Barefoot Bandit Speaks

Colton Harris-Moore, aka the Barefoot Bandit, in an open letter to his victims explaining his decision to green-light a feature film about his life.